North Dakota House budget chief’s primary loss could complicate 2021 Legislature

Executive and legislative relationships could be set back as a result of Gov. Doug Burgum’s hefty donations to a political group that successfully targeted a powerful fellow Republican in the June election, according to a top House lawmaker.


Burgum disputes that he’s done anything out of the ordinary and denies having a rocky relationship with the Legislature.


Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, appeared to lose his bid for reelection Tuesday to GOP newcomers Dave Nehring and David Andahl, whom Burgum endorsed. Nehring and Andahl are expected to move on to November to face Democrats Linda Babb and Kathrin Volochenko for District 8’s two House seats.